The Sony Hacks Are 'Serious National Security Matter'

The White House deliberates on the severity of the cyberattacks and may classify them as acts of terrorism.
1:08 | 12/19/14

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And white house as well, Jon Karl at the white house. President Obama set to have the year end news conference. And they're wrestling with whether to call it an act of terrorism and war. Repor will the president call this an act of terrorism, and what will he do about it? As you heard, the white house said this is a serious national security matter. They have vowed a proportional response. The fear here is that this could be the dawn of a new cyber threat that is far-reaching, and many other countries besides North Korea have this kind of capability. There's a need to deter north Korea from doing anything further, make them pay a price. And deter other countries that want to do the same thing. Our tools are limited. Reporter: They are. And yesterday the white house raised the possibility that the response would be a covert response. White house press secretary josh Ernest said the white house may not be able to reveal exactly what they are doing in response. There are very limited options.

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